At Floreat, we encourage the whole family to be involved to enjoy the beach and all the activities available.

Objective of the Nipper Program

  • Have fun
  • Improve surf lifesaving skills
  • Learn about the beach environment
  • Develop team building skills
  • Develop new friendships and a sense of community
  • Participate in carnivals

What to bring?

Nippers should bring these basic requirements to all surf club activities.

  • Bathers
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen (should be applied before leaving home and reapplied as necessary)
  • Hat
  • Rashie
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Warm clothing (for cold conditions)

Each Woodside Nipper is provided with a High-Vis vest and coloured cap.  Floreat SLSC also provides all equipment including boogie boards, soft "foam" boards and composite competition boards.

What Parents need to know & Parent Volunteering above what to bring

  • Encourage your child throughout the session.
  • All Nippers must have a parent or guardian present on the beach at all times. I think this needs to be underlined or slightly bolded.
  • Be supportive of the person in charge of your group. All Age Group Managers are volunteers and rely on assistance from parents.
  • Never leave the beach without your child signing out and returning their cap.
  • To be fair to others, please arrive on time for sessions.
  • Consider what capacity you are able to volunteer and support our club as much as possible.

Parent Volunteering

Floreat SLSC relies on volunteering to keep participation affordable for all families. We encourage all our families to get involved as much as possible throughout the season.

Volunteering at the club can take many forms including (but not limited to) as an Age Group Manager, Competition Official, Coach, Water Safety, Beach Set-up, Canteen Manager, Age Group Coordinator, Admin Assistant and First Aider. During the Nipper season each Age Group is rostered about 2 times to help with  beach setup/pack-up and canteen on a Sunday morning. Your Age Group Manager will let you know when and ask what task you would like to help out with.

Nipper groups require at least 1 qualified Water Safety Person for every 5 nippers for all water activities. The club generally holds adult training courses for those interested in being water safety for Woodside Nippers early in the season.

Parents interested in water safety are welcomed to join training sessions for the following awards: the Nipper Rescue Certificate, Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion.

Woodside Nippers Information Guide 2023 - 2024
suitable age
5 - 12 years
Mid-Oct to End-Mar
Every Sunday
8:30am - 11am
How to enrol

Registration for Woodside Nippers at Floreat occurs each September. Please be aware that the nipper program is not a learn-to-swim school but learning about the ocean and waves.

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